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Poster - Sun Mad Raisins

Sun Mad Raisins

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    San Francisco (made)

  • Date:

    1982 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hernandez, Ester, born 1944 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    screenprint

  • Museum number:

    E.42-2014

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB3H, shelf DR4

‘Sun Mad’ dramatises the lethal consequences of pesticides used in commercial grape growing. In place of the famous Sun Maid Raisins logo – the embodiment of Californian sunshine and prosperity – we find the leering face of death. By subverting the brand, Hernandez points out the potential risks to both farmworkers and consumers.

Physical description

screenprinted poster showing a skeleton in a red bonnet holding a basket of grapes against a red background

Place of Origin

San Francisco (made)

Date

1982 (made)

Artist/maker

Hernandez, Ester, born 1944 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

screenprint

Marks and inscriptions

SUN MAD/
RAISINS/
UNNATURALY GROWN WITH
INSECTICIDES MITICIDES HERBICIDES FUNGICIDES

Dimensions

Height: 66 cm, Width: 51 cm

Descriptive line

Screenprinted poster, 'Sun Mad Raisins' by Ester Hernandez; USA, 1982

Techniques

Screenprint

Subjects depicted

Skeleton; Grapes

Categories

Posters; Advertising; Agriculture; Death; Environment; Prints

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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